David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Bogh bill protects victims of sex crimes

Bill Sponsored by Riverside County District Attorney Passes Assembly

Sacramento - Assembly Bill 1996 by Assembly Republican Caucus Chair Russ Bogh (R-Beaumont) was passed by the State Assembly today on a bi-partisan basis. AB 1996 is a follow-up to Bogh's AB 2829, a rape shield bill which was signed into law in 2004.

Assembly Bill 1996 will expand current protections against using the previous sexual conduct of a victim of sexual assault or abuse to discredit their testimony by making it public even when such information is not admissible as evidence in court. This bill will extend much needed privacy protection to prior abuse victims who come forward to testify in subsequent crimes.

"Too often I've seen attempts to put victims and witnesses on trial in a devious effort to somehow justify the actions of their attackers," commented Rod Pacheco, Riverside County Chief Deputy District Attorney. "This bill will ensure that such dishonest attempts never see the light of day."

Assembly Bill 1996 will ensure that when the sexual history of current or previous victims testifying in court is offered as evidence it be filed with the court under seal, and not made public, unless and until the court determines that such evidence is admissible in court. Current law protects the victim of the current offense, but does not apply to previous victims of the defendant who testify in the current court case.

"Victims of sex crimes are often victimized again when unscrupulous defense attorneys seek to intimidate and publicly humiliate victims and witnesses," said Bogh. "AB 1996 is an important step that must be taken to protect the privacy of victims from these unwarranted attacks."

Assemblyman Bogh represents the 65th Assembly District, which includes portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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